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Tuesday with Tara {take 136}

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Happy Tuesday and happy day-before-Valentine’s-Day!  Today’s card celebrates a love that’s kinda CRAY CRAY, if ya know what I mean… this card took on a life of it’s own as I worked on it, ending up very different than I visualized at the beginning.  But hey, sometimes love is like that too.  It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing 🙂

When I got my hands on Tim’s hipster animal stamps I got the idea that they would fit really well peeking through the heart frame in this large Dina Wakley stamp (which is on sale right now!)… so I’ve been waiting to figure out a way to put them together.  Today’s card is what I came up with.  I’ve got a few more ideas (and had several others that didn’t pan out), but I decided to keep this one fairly simple and let the colors and the hip chick speak volumes 🙂

This ostrich image just makes me smile, even though she kinda looks like a grumpy librarian!  I stamped her twice in black on white card stock, cutting the base from one image and the hat, scarf & beak from the other.  I stamped her again in Purple Distress Oxide so I could have colorful glasses to cut out, adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops to it once they were glued to her face.  Colorful glasses are my new favorite thing to do with these stamps & dies!  There is no way I would fussy cut those glasses, but they are amazing die cut! The other elements were all colored with Copic Markers and mounted with foam adhesive.  I kept her white for extra contrast.

Since I was working with a kraft card, I experimented with a variety of things and finally decided to stamp assorted words/sentiments in Distress Oxide in the open space of the square portion of the frame.  The heart frame was painted with Silver/Sterling paint.  I added some shading with stablio pencils in black & white and a few chit-chat stickers to give extra texture & pop.  As you can see, I cut the heart frame so it was open to the inside of the card and added a piece of colorful paper to show through the window.

This heart was my first attempt at the Distress Oxide technique Tim shared at Creativation, using them on Glossy/Alcohol Ink card stock and finishing up with Distress Glaze.  I’ll be trying it again and will share the link when I have more success!  I added a bit more watered down silver paint around the heart and finished with more stickers & repeats of the stamped words from the front of my card.

I had fun with this one- like I said, it’s not what I expected when I started creating… but I had fun doing it and I hope it encourages you to look at your stamps and see what sort of combinations you can end up with!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope there’s a little bit of CRAY CRAY in it (the good kind, of course!) and a whole lot of chocolate…

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley cling stamp “Handwritten Heart Collage

Dina Wakley sterling paint

Tim Holtz Hipster stamp & Ostrich dies

Distress Oxide Inks

Assorted words & sentiment stamps

Chit Chat stickers

Glossy/ Alcohol Ink Cardstock

Black Archival Ink

Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday with Tara {take 135}

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing with you an art journal page I made inspired by the current #ShowUsYourMEdia challenge over at the Ranger blog and all the love & hearts of the upcoming Valentines Day holiday. This page went with more of a self-love type theme though, since the current challenge theme is “Live in the Moment”.

I inked up some new to me Dina Wakley stamps (the Gals & Borders set) and some pre-stamped heart cut outs from another set (Collaged hearts) and knew I was working with hearts and girls… I played around with making a card at first, but the design kept getting bigger on me, so I decided on some art therapy in my Media Journal 🙂

The pre-stamped hearts were also pre-painted, so I started by choosing colors to work with them.  I went with a watered down gradient for my background, using a mix of three colors and a generous spritz of water to help them blend.  I then added stamped borders across the page, and a torn piece of book print as a central point which would peek under the tag… with a small collage hidden with the tag flap was down.

I added some journaling on the back of the tag- a to-do list of sorts to help remind me to live in the moment  The tag was painted first with some elephant along the top, then I added some fushia to the mix to darken things up.  I spritzed it heavily to get the drips so see along the top of the tag.

The heart ATC you see under the tag was dipped in the leftover paint and smooshed (pretty sure that’s the technical term!) a bit before it dried.

I finished everything off with some stickers from my stash, a touch of foil from the blog hop (there’s still time to comment and win some foil!) and some hand-written journaling.  Then I called it done, as Dina says: “Done is better than perfect” 🙂

So, whether you have a valentine or not, be sure to include some self-love and art therapy in the season!  Eat the chocolate, Ink the stamp, Paint the paper… you’re worth it!

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakley Media Journal

Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set

Dina Wakley Gals & Borders stamp set

Dina Wakley Paint in elephant, blushing & tangerine

Black Archival Ink

Book Print

Tim Holtz Paper Dolls & Tissue Tape

Tuesday with Tara {take 133}

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Have you been watching all the exciting new product releases at the Creativation 2018 trade show?  I know my Facebook feed has been full of inspiration and videos showing the booths and fabulous new products… lots of drooling going on here!  It’ll be fun to see new stuff arrive in the store in the coming weeks & months!

We just finished having a big snow storm over the past week here in NC, and I was going to share a snowy card with you… but right now, flowers are more appealing!  So, I’ve got some art journal pages that started out at the Dina Wakely class I took several months ago instead 🙂  Dina showed us this technique (supposedly a background, but I can’t bring myself to cover it up) for abstract flowers, all about being loose with your brush & paint and letting the flowers come to life without over thinking the design… it’s harder than it sounds!

I started with a solid blue background, then roughly painted my darkest layer with a wide brush.  I added a lighter layer over it (notice the fabulous streaks I got painting over the wet layer) and finished with yellow centers.  I added leaves the same way, going from dark to light green, then brought in some umber for accents of brown.  Around the flowers, I added a layer of white-ish paint (loosely mixed bits of elephant and umber into it) and while that background was still slightly damp, I removed some of the color through a stencil with a baby wipe.  It adds such a fun texture- I love it!  I discovered that Scribble Sticks are simply AMAZING for adding splatter to a project… seriously, just flick the tip of the crayon with a wet brush and you have this awesome, vibrant splatter spots!  I love it, so of course I had to finish off the page with a good splattering!  (And did you see… theres a new set released! Yay for more colors!)

Here’s a closer look at the textures on this page with just some simple, abstract painting… this is on one of the handmade watercolor paper pages in the Media Journal.

As I worked on my page, I started wiping off my paintbrushes on the facing page in the journal… then picked up leftover paint on my palette (aka the craft sheet that was my work surface) and filled in the entire background with random bits of color, then added a few details and a word… and eventually a completed page was born!

And here’s the two pages as they sit, side by side, in my Media Journal:

I had fun creating these abstract florals.  To be honest, I didn’t love it at first… but it’s definitely grown on me, and I’ve been playing around with different brush sizes for a completely different look!  I hope you like it, and maybe it’ll encourage/challenge you to stop thinking and just CREATE something.  Try abstract florals… they’re kinda fun!  And keep an eye on the store to see some of the new products available for pre-order!  There’s so much exciting new stuff coming up, it’s going to be a creative year!

Inky hugs,

Tara

 

Materials Used:

Dina Wakely Media Scribble Sticks

Dina Wakely Media Journal

Dina Wakely Media Brushes

Dina Wakely Media Paints (assorted- can’t wait to get the new colors too!)

Dina Wakely Splatter Girl Stamp (stop thinking just create)